Our mission at TAPinto is to revive local journalism to provide objective, high-quality coverage of the stories that matter to the communities we serve.  Research has consistently shown that local news coverage is vital to our democracy and our civic lives. That’s why coverage of local elections is so important, particularly as sources of local news become more regionalized or disappear altogether.  

This year, TAPinto has continued to expand coverage of local elections, from school board to State Assembly, across New Jersey, providing voters with truly local, independent and objective news.  

Below you can see a sampling of some of the stories our TAPinto sites were covering this election cycle.  

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TAPinto Hamilton/Robbinsville

New Jersey’s 9th largest municipality was home to what was one of the most watched mayor and council races in the state.  TAPinto was there, covering the big issues. 

Yaede vs. Mercer County Prosecutor. What’s Next Legally After Charges Against Mayor are Dismissed

https://www.tapinto.net/towns/hamilton-slash-robbinsville/sections/elections/articles/yaede-vs-mercer-county-prosecutor-what-s-next-legally-after-charges-against-mayor-are-dismissed

Is a Hamilton Mayoral Race Debate Happening? It's Debatable

https://www.tapinto.net/towns/hamilton-slash-robbinsville/sections/elections/articles/is-a-hamilton-mayoral-race-debate-happening-it-s-debatable

Yaede and Martin Differ on Taxpayer Issues and Development

https://www.tapinto.net/towns/hamilton-slash-robbinsville/sections/elections/articles/yaede-and-martin-differ-on-taxpayer-issues-and-development

Hamilton Elects New Mayor. Jeff Martin Wins in Landslide

https://www.tapinto.net/towns/hamilton-slash-robbinsville/sections/elections/articles/hamilton-elects-new-mayor-jeff-martin-wins-in-landslide

TAPinto Nutley

TAPinto Nutley worked to fact check important community issues in their “Fact vs. Rumor” series along with coverage of a contested school board race. 

Fact vs. Rumor: A Brand New School On 3, Lost Mail in Ballots and more Rumors Fact-Checked by TAPinto Staff

https://www.tapinto.net/towns/nutley/sections/elections/articles/fact-vs-rumor-a-brand-new-school-on-on3-lost-mail-in-ballots-and-more-rumors-fact-checked-by-tapinto-staff

Nutley League of Women Voters Host Board of Education Candidate Forum

https://www.tapinto.net/towns/nutley/sections/elections/articles/nutley-league-of-women-voters-host-board-of-education-candidate-forum

TAPinto Westfield

TAPinto Westfield provided a comprehensive voter guide for local races and localized coverage of a key New Jersey State Assembly race.  

Guide to the 2019 Westfield Municipal and School Board Elections

https://www.tapinto.net/towns/westfield/sections/elections/articles/guide-to-the-2019-westfield-municipal-and-school-board-elections

Bramnick Leads in Tight Assembly Race. His Hometown Follows Trend (Updated)

https://www.tapinto.net/towns/westfield/sections/elections/articles/bramnick-leads-in-tight-assembly-race-his-hometown-follows-trend-updated

TAPinto Bayonne

The City of Bayonne was host to a special election for a city council seat and a crowded race for school board.  TAPinto Bayonne followed both races.  

School Board Candidates Debate Issues

https://www.tapinto.net/towns/bayonne/sections/elections/articles/school-board-candidates-debate-issues

Hagdorn Offers Plan to Launch Neighborhood Watch

https://www.tapinto.net/towns/bayonne/sections/elections/articles/hagdorn-offers-plan-to-launch-neighborhood-watch

Franco Opens Campaign HQ Next to Carroll’s on Broadway

https://www.tapinto.net/towns/bayonne/sections/elections/articles/franco-opens-campaign-hq-next-to-carroll-s-on-broadway

Franco Disputes News Reports, Hudson County View Stands by Story

https://www.tapinto.net/towns/bayonne/sections/elections/articles/franco-disputes-news-reports-hudson-county-view-stands-by-story

First Ward Candidates Making Last Minute Push for Votes

https://www.tapinto.net/towns/bayonne/sections/elections/articles/first-ward-candidates-making-last-minute-push-for-votes

TAPinto Scotch Plains/Fanwood

TAPinto Scotch Plains/Fanwood was there to cover local and county elections.  

Election Day Is Tuesday, Nov. 5: Recapping Candidates on the Ballot in Scotch Plains-Fanwood

https://www.tapinto.net/towns/scotch-plains-slash-fanwood/sections/elections/articles/election-day-is-tuesday-nov-5-recapping-candidates-on-the-ballot-in-scotch-plains-fanwood

Election Results from Union County

https://www.tapinto.net/towns/scotch-plains-slash-fanwood/sections/elections/articles/election-results-from-union-county-ca9c17b5-b643-4fcb-afc7-6281402c18e7

TAPinto Wayne

In its first year, TAPinto Wayne provided vital coverage of local elections, giving Wayne residents a trusted source for election news. 

Barbs Thrown at Wayne Candidates Forum, Though Civility Ruled the Event

https://www.tapinto.net/towns/wayne/sections/elections/articles/barbs-thrown-at-wayne-candidates-forum-though-civility-ruled-the-event

Accusations of Hypocrisy, Impropriety and Conflicted Interests Ahead of the Wayne Board of Education Elections

https://www.tapinto.net/towns/wayne/articles/accusations-of-hypocrisy-impropriety-and-conflicted-interests-ahead-of-the-wayne-board-of-education-elections

What You Are Voting For Today

https://www.tapinto.net/towns/wayne/sections/elections/articles/what-you-are-voting-for-today

And of course, TAPinto Plainfield covered our local races, from School Board to Council, Freeholder and Assembly races, too!

https://www.tapinto.net/towns/plainfield/sections/elections/articles/plainfield-unofficial-general-election-results-are-in

https://www.tapinto.net/towns/plainfield/sections/elections/articles/plainfield-board-of-education-candidates-participate-at-lwv-forum